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Air Force to Shutter ‘Space Fence’ Surveillance System; William Shelton Comments

SatelliteAirForceGPSThe U.S. Air Force plans to shut down satellite surveillance system by Oct. 1 as part of efforts to meet budget caps mandated as a result of sequestration, Reuters reported Monday.

Valerie Volcovici writes the Air Force expects to save $14 million per year for the Air Force Space Command beginning in fiscal 2014 after shutting down the Space Fence system.

The Space Fence surveillance system went live in 1961 and works to transmit radar energy into space and automatically detect orbiting objects, according to the report.

Gen. William Shelton, commander of the Air Force Space Command, told Reuters the Air Force intends to build a new version of Space Fence that will work to provide users position data on space objects.

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